Haydenettes pace senior field after short program
"Flash mob" lightens things up during short
|The Haydenettes have a huge lead heading into Saturday's free skate. (Paul Harvath)|
Before the U.S. Synchronized Championships, three Crystallettes, Katilyn Peterson, DonA'e Poe and Alyssa Shomsky, posted a video to YouTube and sent the link to their fellow competitors so when the song played, everyone would know the moves.
"It's so nice to see your hard work pay off," Peterson joked. "But really, it was a lot of fun and made our spirits rise."
They appeared to need a little pick-me-up after their short program that left them behind the Haydenettes and the Miami University.
The Haydenettes are poised to take their 19th U.S. title as they go into Saturday's free skate holding a nearly 12-point edge.
Representing the Hayden Recreation Center, the Haydenettes put out a uniquely choreographed routine to "Safri Duo." In addition to intricate arm movements and head guides, the skate featured a program-opening Level 4 block that received a rare grade of execution of 3.00 bringing the element's total value to 8.20 points.
"I don't think anyone on this team has ever done a program like this," team member Hannah Lapuck said. "It's just so unique and fun, the music alone makes this program stand out. Tonight, we had an amazing skate."
Added coach Saga Krantz, "There were maybe a few bobbles only a coach would notice, but it was an energetic program. It was the best of our season."
Miami overcame a "bumpy" morning practice to record 64.75 points.
"I think we got out all of our nerves this morning," coach Carla DeGirolamo said. "Because we just attacked that performance. It was controlled, there was great energy. It was skated as well as it could have been."
A main storyline going into the free skate will be who takes the silver medal and earns the second spot on the world team.
Miami University and the Crystallettes are equally matched, and just over two points separate the squads at the conclusion of the short program.
"We can go out there and give it out all tomorrow," Peterson said after the excitement of the flash mob passed. "We have nothing to lose."